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 By Mark Worrall

Michy Batshuayi shines in full debut vs. Bristol Rovers, Chelsea defence shaky

A fightback from League One side Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup will have Antonio Conte asking questions about his defence.

Chelsea progressed to the next round of the EFL Cup at the expense of Bristol Rovers, but they were made to work harder than expected at Stamford Bridge by the League One outfit whose endeavours were fairly reflected by the final scoreline of 3-2.

The Blues dominated the first half, and two quick goals in succession around the half-hour mark from Michy Batshuayi and Victor Moses suggested the floodgates might open, but Rovers battled back, and Peter Hartley reduced the arrears moments later.

Batshuayi,...

Chelsea team must improve at killing off games, says Antonio Conte

Bristol Rovers' fightback against Chelsea in the EFL Cup underscored the team's need for another defender.

LONDON -- Antonio Conte urged his Chelsea players to be more ruthless after Bristol Rovers mounted a second-half fightback to give the Blues a big scare in their 3-2 win against the League One strugglers in the second round of the EFL Cup.

A double from Michy Batshuayi and a goal from Victor Moses put a rotated Chelsea side in control by half-time at Stamford Bridge despite Peter Hartley's 35th-minute header, but Conte's men wobbled after the break when Ellis Harrison cut the deficit to one from...

Michy Batshuayi scores twice as Chelsea edge out Bristol Rovers

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Chelsea survived a tense second-half to secure passage into the third round of the EFL Cup with a 3-2 victory over Bristol Rovers at Stamford Bridge.

A strong Blues line-up numbering five first-team regulars including Pedro and Nemanja Matic laboured against their League One opponents despite twice claiming two-goal leads as Michy Batshuayi scored either side of Victor Moses' goal.

Peter Hartley and Ellis Harrison, who fired the only goal of the second-half, gave Rovers hope of a famous upset against...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Alessio Romagnoli key to Conte's Chelsea puzzle, Rooney to MLS?

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Mark Donaldson address the day's rumour mill.
The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on Chelsea's formation and the coach or player they would have liked to play for or with.
AC Milan's 21-year-old centre-back Alessio Romagnoli is attracting attention from Chelsea.

With the summer transfer window upon us, rumours are picking up steam. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. Follow our live blog below and see the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Blues step up central defender search

With their hopes of signing Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli fading, Chelsea have turned their attentions to AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli, Sky Italia reports.

It says Blues manager Antonio Conte has offered £30 million for the 21-year-old...

Chelsea loaning Matt Miazga to 1860 Munich unlikely - source

Antonio Conte praises Chelsea for their continued commitment from all members of his squad.
Chelsea and Matt Miazga are not likely to pursue a loan move to 1860 Munich, a source says.

German club 1860 Munich have expressed interest in signing Chelsea defender Matt Miazga on loan, though a deal is unlikely, a source close to the player confirmed to ESPN FC.

Speculation has been rife all summer that Miazga would be loaned out to gain more playing experience, and Bild earlier reported the second-tier club's approach.

The United States international was previously linked with Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, but it was Kevin Hector, Miazga's Chelsea teammate, who was loaned out...